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Governor Haslam Signs Epi-Pen Bill

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Governor Bill Haslam signed a bill into law Tuesday that requires all schools to stock epinephrine auto injectors.

Epi-pens, as they're commonly called, can provide life-saving relief to a child who goes into shock after an allergic reaction to food or something else.

The new law tells each school to keep epi-pens on hand in case a student forgets one, or in case a child is having a reaction for the first time.

Several children who have allergies witnessed the governor sign the bill.

"In case they don't know they have allergies and something happens to them and they go into anaphylaxis then the auto injector will be there to save them," said middle school student Tyler Edwards.

The epi-pen bill was one of several signed by the governor, including a bill enhancing the penalties for assaulting a healthcare worker.

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